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Sponsorship Duties

Let’s Get it Right! As a Tier 2 sponsor, non-compliance is not an option. Employers of migrant staff have a duty to comply with the general sponsorship duties by way of suitable HR systems and processes. All UK sponsors can expect a visit from UK Visas and Immigration officers (UKVI), a section of the Home Office, […]

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Home Office faces criticism once again

The Home Office is failing to properly examine applications for British citizenship, according to a recent report from the Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration Following some good press concerning the increased identification and deportation of Foreign National Offenders, another report entitled ‘An Inspection of Nationality Casework’ by the same author has criticised the […]

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UK visa services in Egypt suspended

UK Visa services at the British Embassy and British Visa Application Centres in Egypt have been suspended until further notice. Work is being done to restore full service as soon as possible but, in the meantime, applicants with urgent cases are advised to submit their applications via application centres in Jordan or the United Arab […]

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Insight UK immigration news

Welcome to the latest edition of Insight, your copy of Smith Stone Walters’ quarterly newsletter packed full of the latest news and views on UK immigration! Inside you will find a breakdown of the most recent UK migration statistics along with important information on the Immigration Act of 2014. A selection of the subsequent changes to the […]

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UK Visa processing times

UK Visa processing times Here at Smith Stone Walters our advisers accompany their clients through every step of the visa process, providing them with expert guidance and a keen eye. Without the support from a reputable immigration service provider, the experience of applying for a UK visa can be rather daunting. Here we provide you with a summary of the UK […]

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Number of FNO deportations increasing

Further to the National Audit Office announcing concerns over a decline in the deportation of Foreign National Offenders (FNOs) in October this year, a report has been published revealing that improvements to the system have churned up notable results. According to a report by John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, there has been a significant increase in […]

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UKVI extends email services for settlement applicants

Extension of email update service UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is extending its customer update initiative whereby Permanent Migration (European, Settlement and Nationality) customers receive status updates about their application via email. The initiative will commence on 8 December 2014 and will continue for up to six months, subject to internal evaluations. Head of the […]

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SSW baking for charity!

We passionately believe in giving back. This is why Smith Stone Walters is proud to be supporting Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity which provides practical and emotional support for the families of children with life-threatening illnesses. The Big Hour Tea Time is one of the charity’s largest annual fundraising and awareness events and SSW staff took part […]

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Changing transit visa requirements

Transit visas are required for non-EEA or Swiss travellers who are passing through the UK en-route to another country within 48 hours of arriving in the country. As of 1 December 2014, the requirements for Direct Airside Transit Visas (DATVs) and non-Direct Airside Transit Visas (non-DATVs) have changed in an effort to simplify transit visa rules […]

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Genuine vacancy tests explained

All current and prospective sponsors should be aware of the recent changes to the immigration rules. Most recently, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) issued new guidance for sponsors on how to sponsor Tier 2 and 5 migrant employees and announced that sponsors may only employ migrant workers for a genuine vacancy. As a result, the genuineness […]

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